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The Replacement Killers (1998)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Music video and TV commercials director Antoine Fuqua made his feature directorial debut with this action thriller starring Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat. Chinese immigrant John Lee (Yun-Fat) has a violent past as a professional killer. It brings him only remorse, but it makes him the ideal assassin. In exchange for his family's safety, Lee is forced to take a job with a powerful underworld figure, Asian crime kingpin Terence Wei (Kenneth Tsang), who wants Lee to settle a deadly vendetta


Action & Adventure

Ken Sanzel

Mar 6, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (21) | DVD (27)

The John Woo school of the ballet of bullets gets a full dose of Sam Peckinpah under the steady hand of director Antoine Fuqua's finely framed tale of revenge.

May 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

An unworthy vehicle for a great star like Chow Yun-fat.

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Replacement Killers is not a very good film, but it is impossible to deny that it has a certain beauty.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Will serve as a suitable replacement when [Chow Yun Fat's] better films are already rented out for the weekend.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

Style over substance all the way, but at least it's not boring.

July 27, 2002 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

The most dispiriting thing about The Replacement Killers is that it proves Chow [Yun-Fat]'s charisma repressible.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Unfortunately, The Replacement Killers isn't a film by John Woo.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

One cannot accuse Killers of possessing a kernel of intelligence, but it's still a stylish action film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A fair action thriller is offered here but what a difference this movie would make from merely being fair to that of being a fist-full-of-frenzied fun. A mild recommendation at best.

January 1, 2000 Full Review

The ever-charismatic Chow will certainly have no trouble winning new fans with his English language debut.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Fuqua...obviously knows a good thing when he sees one and lets Chow dominate The Replacement Killers so thoroughly that the movie's liabilities...slide by relatively painlessly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Replacement Killers

A blistering, stylish, explosive and undeniably cool groove of an action movie. Director, Antoine Fuqua does here what Director, John Woo has done delivering plenty of excitement and energy. A hard-boiled action-thriller fueled with amazing gun-battles and a riveting performance by Chow Yun-Fat. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush from start to finish. An unstoppable and wickedly entertaining action-packed flick that delivers the goods.
March 24, 2011

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When a hired assassin fails to kill the young son of a detective for a ruthless drug runner, he and a hapless forger are hunted by his replacements. In this, Chow Yun Fat's Hollywood debut, he revisits his familiar assassin with honour character in a fairly standard action thriller. There's very little imagination or originality on display; the script does little more than contrive ways to keep our hero and the girl together while extras in bad suits with machine guns chase them around. Having said that, there's very little actually WRONG with it either. Chow is as charismatic as ever, Mira Sorvino is knuckle-bitingly cute and the set pieces are reasonably well handled. It avoids schmaltz and lame love scenes and at less than 90 minutes is wise enough to not outstay its welcome. Brainless yes, but the charisma of its star raises it (slightly) above the bog standard and its far from the worse US debut an Asian action star has had to endure.
September 18, 2009
xGary Xx

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A very cool stylized action film with plenty of shoot outs and a good cast. If you missed this it's well worth a watch.
June 20, 2009

Super Reviewer

This and that movie with Marky Mark just shows one thing clear: Hollywood has no idea how to pull out an action flick, or a crime drama, like HK.
May 21, 2007
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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